12/27/14 6:00am
12/27/2014 6:00 AM

So, friends and neighbors, this is it — the last column of 2014. What a year it’s been. I’ve seen my baby girl graduate from high school and then go off to college in Oneonta. I’ve seen families in the community suffer loss and devastation. I’ve seen joy and happiness at weddings and celebrations of life with the birth of babies. I’ve seen people who once had it all get knocked down and then rise again. (more…)

12/26/14 6:00am
12/26/2014 6:00 AM

Joyce Rienzo, librarian at Riverhead Free Library, was thrilled with the presentation on sidesaddles given Nov. 25 by Aquebogue resident Cathy Springer for the library’s “Horsing Around” program. Ms. Springer is a rider with Smithtown Hunt and has ridden in four presidential inaugural parades. Her husband, Harry, even got to ride in one of them. (more…)

12/24/14 6:00am
12/24/2014 6:00 AM

I would like to wish everyone a beautiful Christmas. May it be full of love, laughter and joy. I love that Christmas feeling — the way total strangers smile at each other and extend their greetings. Even though it’s a crazy and frantic time, Christmas makes my heart feel good. I love seeing the little ones trying so hard to be good, knowing that not only is Santa watching but so is that little red elf on the shelf.  (more…)

12/18/14 6:00am
12/18/2014 6:00 AM

Kelly Wooten and her friend Frank Ruskowski recently enjoyed an exciting and memorable trip to China. They toured the Leshan giant Buddha, carved into a cliff, and saw the terracotta warriors, over 8,000 life-size statues of soldiers and horses guarding an ancient tomb. They were able to hold a baby panda in Chen Gdu and did the plank walk on Mount Huashan, looking down 6,000 feet from a couple boards on a mountain. (more…)

12/13/14 6:00am
12/13/2014 6:00 AM

The sign outside CK Auto in Wading River shows my favorite phrase for this time of year: “Remember the reason for the season.” So many holidays are choked with commercialism and lose their meaning. My daughter had to work Thanksgiving night. I applaud the businesses that refused to open because of the assault on Thanksgiving in favor of Black Friday. Remember the reason for the season.  (more…)

12/12/14 6:00am
12/12/2014 6:00 AM

OK, it’s time for the rain to end. It is December after all. Let it snow! (Don’t give me that look!)

Riverhead Central School District deserves congratulations! It raised $5,000 for the Special Olympics at its Polar Plunge event at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai Nov. 22. We are very proud of all of you for representing the district. Awesome job!  (more…)

12/11/14 6:00am
12/11/2014 6:00 AM

Living Water Church presents its show, “The Wonder of Christmas,” Dec. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. I have attended this event for many years and it’s always been special. This presentation will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. Tickets — $24 for adults and $19 for ages 62 and over and children under 17 — can be purchased online at lwfgc.org or by calling 722-4969. (more…)